Desertification and land degradation are the major threats to the world ecology and food security and have attracted the long-term attention of both heads of the states and the international communities. SDG15 of the 2030 Sustainable development Agenda set the goal to “protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss” and “by 2030, strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”. Therefore, accelerating science and technology, optimizing talents education are of great significance to promote ecological restoration, economic development, and green job opportunities in arid and semi-arid areas.

To further adapt the needs of global sustainable development, to support achieving the goal of land degradation neutrality, explore the pathway to optimize the development of talents, and promote international exchange and cooperation on combating desertification, the International Symposium on Developing Talents and Advancing Science Technology for Desertification Combating will be held in Hohhot of Inner Mongolia, China on June 17, 2019.

The Symposium will invite policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and young scholars from international organizations, governments, research institutes, educational institutions, and civil societies from more than 50 countries which being seriously affected by desertification along the “Belt and Road” area to participate and exchange their thoughts. The anticipated participating international organizations include United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Conservation Union (IUCN), United Nations University (UNU), International Union of Forests Research Organizations (IUFRO).

The symposium is structured as a one-day with plenary plus 5 parallel thematic sessions followed by a one-day field trip with expected 200 participants in total.

The theme of this symposium is “Enabling talents development and innovation, advancing science and technology progress to meet the needs of sustainable development to alleviate land desertification”. Five subtopics will be discussed respectively in five parallel sessions.

The objectives of this Symposium are to jointly dissect the challenges of desertification and land degradation in the scenario of global climate change, to exchange and share the basic research breakthrough on global conservation and restoration as well as the sustainable land management technology and practices, to explore how the university discipline construction and development to adapt to the needs of sustainable development, to strengthen the development and exchange of tip-top professional talents for seeking solutions to desertification and land degradation as well as ecological sustainability.

To enrich the content of the symposium and encourage more scientists, scholars and young scholars to be involved, the symposium calls for research papers and presentation abstracts. The selected papers will be distributed and shared with the participants. For those seeking opportunity to make presentation in the symposium, an additional PPT presentation is requested.

Research paper topics are in the following:

1. The challenges of desertification and land degradation in the context of global climate change.

2. Theory and technological innovations in dryland and/or desert ecosystem conservation, preservation and restoration in context of climate change.

3. Integrated land use planning and sustainable land management based on land degradation and desertification Monitoring and Assessment for achieving land degradation Neutrality.

4. Opportunities and challenges of green economics and nature-based economy in arid and semi-arid areas for poverty alleviation, regional development and building Green "Belt and Road".

5. Demand for sustainable development, internet and information technology means, knowledge management, technology innovation, and talent cultivation in the New Era.

We warmly welcome you to submit your research paper/speech via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30, 2019.

If you want to present your paper in one of the parallel thematic sessions, please provide the PPT presentation and a brief self-introduction. Detailed requests for submission are contained in the registration form as annex 2.

If you want to present in the keynote speech session, please provide the speech presentation and a brief self-introduction. Topics of the speech are included in Annex 1. Detailed requests for speech are contained in the registration form as annex 2.

A confirmation email on acceptance of the paper, presentation, and an invitation letter will be sent to you by May 16, 2019.

This international symposium is co-organized by the China National Sand Control and Desert Industry and other departments.

Registration of this conference is free of charge; you need to pay for your travel, lodging and meals. The official language of this conference is English and Chinese. The organizers of the symposium will provide the service of simultaneous interpretation and translations.

The organizer of this symposium will cover the lodging and meals for the selected presenters.

Contact us

Yingmei Ma (+86-15124761151)

Hui Zou (+86-10-84238192, +86-13810786925)

Taojinxiu Huang (+86-18710945928)

China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society

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1. The primary programme of the symposium

2. Registration form

March 25,2019


China National Sand Control and Desert Industry Society


Preliminary Programme

Commemorative Conference in Observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

International Symposium on Developing Talents  and Advancing Science Technology for Combating Desertification

June 17-18, 2019

Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

June 16, 2019 Registration

18:00-20:00 Welcome reception

June 17, 2019 Symposium

8:30-9:30 Opening ceremony (Plenary)

Speeches will be given by the high-level officials from the UNCCD, NFGA of China, Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China Society of Sand Control and Sand Industry as well as outstanding representatives in the field of sand control from China.

9:30-12:00 Keynote speech (Plenary)

Four speeches will be given by two academicians from China, four senior international scientists or experts on talents developing and progress in science and technology for combating desertification.

Topics of the speech:

1. Exploring transformative solutions in collaboration for achieving SDGs.

2. Motivating and enabling talents of science and technology to contribute to combating desertification.

3. The role of science and technology in sustainable development of arid and semi-arid areas.

4. Implementing the concept of green development and promoting the development of green economy in desert areas.

5. Enhancing the role of NGO/ CSO in desertification control and talents training.

6. Science and technology advancement and new thoughts of sand control in China.

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-18:00 Thematic sessions in parallel

Five parallel sessions by topic, for each session 6-8 speakers from Universities, research institutes and enterprises. Each speaker has 10-15 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers.

Session 1: Science based approaches for promoting ecosystem restoration and environment improvement (Challenges in a changing climate, progress and successful practices).

Session 2: Wind and sandstorm disaster, monitoring and countermeasures.

Session 3: Desert natural resources conservation and sustainable use for regional sustainable development

Session 4: Talent development and youth employment for desertification control and sustainable development.

Session 5: Technology Leads the Development of Sand Industry and Serves the Construction of Green Ecology

June 18, 2019 Field trip (8:30-18:00)

1. Visit the laboratories for teaching and research of the College of Desert Control Science and Engineering in Inner Mongolia Agricultural University.

2. Visit Enterprises on Sand Prevention and Control.

June 19, 2019 Departure

Annex 2

Registration Form

Commemorative Conference in Observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

International Symposium on Developing Talents  and Advancing Science Technology for Combating Desertification



Given name




Position/Professional title


Office phone


Cell phone






Passport number


Birth Place


City in which you would apply for entry Visa


City depart from your country


Arrival date (at Beijing)


Departure date (from Beijing)


Title of the paper (full text as attachment)


Self introduction


Do you want to present in keynote or parallel session orally?

Yes                   No  

Topic of presentation (for keynote or parallel session)


Abstract of the presentation


Attention: Please send your registration form and the full text of the research paper to the symposium organizer via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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